The Real McCoys: Season 3, Episode 1

The Farmer Took a Wife (16 Jul. 1959)

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The McCoys expect company: Kate's pickle-brained ex-beau and his wife.


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The McCoys expect company: Kate's pickle-brained ex-beau and his wife.

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16 July 1959 (USA)  »

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The title is a line in the child's game and song "The Farmer in the Dell". See more »

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Who's The Picklebrain?
16 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was my first look at this show in 50 years. Like many others, I had watched in weekly as a kid back in the late '50s/early ;60s. I remember grumpy old Grandpa "Amos McCoy" , played by Walter Brennan, and the catchy theme song (weren't they all back then?) and that's about it.

Thus, it was nice to see Kathy Nolan once again as "Kate McCoy," the sweet wife of the dopey "Luke McCoy" (Richard Crenna, who went on to have a very successful film career playing anything but dumb characters!).

This story involves a visitor from the McCoy's past, a guy they used to make fun of as a kid, calling him "Picklebrain." They expect a really dumb idiot to arrive but are shocked to see he's made it big financially and has a sharp-looking wife and car. They don't understand, and feel stupid for underestimating him.

However, after awhile they find out things aren't what they seem. In the end Grandpa gives a nice bit of mature advice to his son. This is the kind of sound, moral advice they used to have in situation comedies 50 years ago.

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